Update your trims in 2 steps

Project overview

Trims add a subtle but definitive frame to the most important elements of your room – your windows, walls, ceilings, and even your fireplace. Give any room a subtle lift by following Mark and Leah’s easy step-by-step instructions to renew your trims.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Estimated time: 2 hours
  • People power: 2
  • Budget: Low

Step-by-step

STEP 1: Preparing your brushes

If you’re using water-based paint, soak them in water and then spin them between your hands to get rid of excess water. If you’re using oil-based paint, do the same thing with turps.

STEP 2: Preparing your rollers

Whether you’re using water-based or oil-based paints, rinse your roller in running water and run your hand up and down the roller to get rid of excess lint. Shake the roller. Attach the roller to the frame and spin it quickly off a wall or other flat surface to remove the extra water – just make sure it’s not the wall you’re about to paint!

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STEP 3: Preparing the work area

Whether you’re renewing your skirting, window frames, door frames, architraves or even a fireplace, sand all surfaces to remove the lacquer so the surface is no longer shiny allowing the paint to adhere properly. Don’t worry about removing all colour completely – just ensure that the lacquer is removed. After you’ve sanded all surfaces, wipe down to remove the dust and ensure a smooth finish. Lay
dropsheets to protect your flooring from any paint splatters.

STEP 4: Masking

Using a quality painter’s tape, tape the areas you don’t want to get paint on, including your walls, floor, and window glass, where they meet the area you’ll be painting.

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STEP 5: Applying undercoat

In a lot of older homes the woodwork has been painted with oil based enamel. If you plan on using a water based enamel to cover your window you will need to apply a coat of waterbased undercoat first.

STEP 6: Applying your first coat

When painting your window frames, you want to be painting from the outside of the frame where it meets the glass towards the inside of the frame where it meets the wall. Starting at the top of the frame, paint in long even strokes as much as possible, following the grain of the wood.

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STEP 7: Applying your second coat

Leave frame to dry completely, then paint your second coat. Waiting for each coat to completely dry before the next one goes on, ensures that the new coat won’t pull up the old one and create bubbles on your surface.

STEP 8: Painting skirting

Paint the skirting board using your 38mm or 50mm skirting brush. Start by running your brush over the centre of your skirting where it faces the room, then move towards the edges when you have less paint on your brush to ensure a clean, crisp edge.

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STEP 9: Second coat

Leave skirting to dry completely, then paint your second coat. Waiting for each coat to completely dry before the next one goes on, ensures that the new coat won’t pull up the old one and create bubbles in your surface.

STEP 10: Finishing up

Congratulations, you’re done! Pour any leftover paint back into the tin for re-use. Wash your brushes and rollers thoroughly so you can use them for your next project. Store your roller in its plastic container in between projects.

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